Briefly owned by actor Omar Sharif (after he fell in love with it whilst filming the 1972 spanish version of Jules Verne's "The Mysterious Island"), it was originally built as a display home highlighting local style for a developer (designed by local artist architect Jesús Soto in the 70s and heavily influenced by the style of his onetime colleague, Cesar Manrique, who is responsible for most of the breathtaking architectural tourist attractions on Lanzarote). During the 80s it was used as the backdrop for location filming (including german TV series Timm Thaler and apparently a Peter Ustinov movie). The property now consist of a restaurant and bar (reviewed elsewhere, and built in sympathy to the rest of the property in the 90s), a museum and gallery (displaying a rotating collection of art works by local and foreign painters and sculptors) and the Casa Omar Sharif (all included in the museum entry price). Like several other Lanzarotan attractions, the house and gardens are built into the surrounding volcanic rock face (a former quarry) and consists of an array of tunnels, rock and cacti gardens and caves leading up to the house which offers views over the Nazaret valley toward distant volcanic mounds. Well worth a visit, it is often combined with a visit to the North of Lanzarote island, as it is located in the township of Oasis of Nazaret near Teguise, just off highway LZ10 (the inland route leading northward from Arecife to Haria and Orzola).